Study: A Long Commute Can Boost Productivity

May 13, 2019

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Commutes, especially long ones, can be inconvenient and draining, but for a lot of us, they’re a fact of working life. In fact, on average, people commute for about 38 minutes a day. And while this can be the ideal time to catch up on a podcast or read the news, research shows that what we do with these windows of time can make a big difference.

According to a recent study from Harvard Business School, using commute time to mentally prepare for the upcoming day is the way to go. Sleeping and scrolling through social media on the train are fun and all, but this research finds that the best way to utilize your commute time is to “set goals, strategize, and focus on the day ahead.”

Basically, too many people use their commute time to “mentally escape” the stress of their day, instead of actively preparing for it. That leaves workers with lower morale, less productivity, and more overall dissatisfaction. So when you’re on the bus or the train heading to work, using that time to get ready for what’s heading your way in the office will make you more productive later on. And you can’t say the same about Instagram.

Source: Marie Claire